David Lynch at the AFI

david lynch Painter turned surrealist filmmaker David Lynch will appear at the Silver Spring AFI on Sunday, Jan 14th following the opening of his latest release, INLAND EMPIRE (I am told that using all-caps is mandatory), that Friday. Tickets are available online and at the box office, they go on sale the Wednesday prior to the event.

Lynch graduated from High School in Alexandria, and during his early days in LA studying for his MFA, he began work on his first feature-length cult classic Eraserhead (in part with a $10,000 grant from the AFI). His first Hollywood films include The Elephant Man (a commercial and critical success) and Dune (a flop).

In 1986 he released perhaps his most famous film, Blue Velvet, and later created the ABC television series Twin Peaks. After cancellation of the show in 1991 he released a full-length prequel Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. Later films include Wild at Heart, Lost Highway, The Straight Story and Mulholland Drive—which began life as a pilot to another ABC television series.

Inland Empire is a reference to some of the oldest communities in Southern California, mostly in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. In a departure from most filmmakers use of 35mm cameras, Lynch shot the entire thing on HD digital video. The film features performances from Laura Dern (go figure), Jeremy Irons, Julia Ormond, Diane Ladd and Harry Dean Stanton. As always, the NY Times is a good stop for a review.

4 Comments so far

  1. Doug (unregistered) on January 4th, 2007 @ 1:04 pm

    Update: Tickets are $12 for AFI members or $15 for non-members. Both include a viewing of the film. Showtime is 7:20pm. Warning: The film alone is 180 minutes long plus the presentation and Q&A afterwards. I am told by the AFI people they hope to have online sales available soon, otherwise if you’re in the area you can purchase them from the box office beginning Wednesday the 10th.


  2. Denise Arcoverde (unregistered) on January 5th, 2007 @ 12:56 pm

    WOW! I love David Lynch! I am glad I’ve found this information here and had enough time to buy my ticket online. Thanks! :-)


  3. disappointed (unregistered) on January 8th, 2007 @ 3:27 pm

    I wish I had followed up with the AFI directly instead of relying on the info in the post that stated “they go on sale the Wednesday prior to the event”. Tickets are already sold out, so no, you can’t buy them on the 10th. :-(


  4. Doug (unregistered) on January 8th, 2007 @ 3:34 pm

    I had a feeling that might happen. Sorry to disappoint. I doubt that the AFI would have any trouble selling every seat for a Lynch appearance, too bad they didn’t hold some back for box office sales on Wednesday.



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